Care work as language work: Affordances and restrictions for speakers of Swedish as a second language


Project leader


Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare


Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 2700000 SEK


Description

The project “Care work as language work: Affordances and restrictions for speakers of Swedish as a second language” pays attention to the communicative and literacy practices in the elderly care sector in Sweden. The background of the study lies in the increasing documentation demands witnessed in workplaces in the last decade as a result of new socioeconomic structures, discussed under the term “The new work order”. A special focus is casted upon those carers whose first language is not Swedish and are therefore more likely to face challenges when participating in central work tasks that include communication and paperwork. The study takes place in three elderly care centres in Sweden and is conducted by using ethnographic methods of data collection, including observation, video and audio recordings, informal interviews with carers and participation in workplace meetings. The aim of the project is to deepen our knowledge about written and oral interaction in the working life of carers. What strategies and techniques do the carers develop that help them complete their work effectively and overcome possible language and literacy-related problems? A close co-operation between practitioners and researchers is intended to result in a more effective communication at the workplace which in turn will benefit the residents.

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